Having a baby is one of life’s most previous gifts, however welcoming a newborn into the family is not always straight-forward, with one-in-six Australian couples having difficulty falling pregnant.
During this holiday season couples desperately seeking a baby are easily reminded of their heartache. Miranda-based Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Andrew Zuschmann recognises that the Christmas period presents an opportune time to shine a light on infertility.
Infertility is defined by being unable to conceive naturally after a period of 12 months. Around one-third of infertility problems are related to men and one-third of cases are related to women. The remaining third is a combination of fertility factors involving both partners or unknown causes.
Reproductive technology, including IVF (or in-vitro fertilisation), provides a much higher chance of falling pregnant than natural conception.
“For many couples IVF is the only way they will be able to have a baby, yet so many couples delay seeking medical advice,” said Dr Zuschmann.
“Don’t delay and let your Christmas dream of falling pregnant and having a baby become yet but another unresolved New Year’s resolution. It is a big step to seek help but it is the first step towards having a baby,” said Dr Zuschmann.
DR ZUSCHMANN’S CHRISTMAS COUPLE FERTILITY TIPS:
1. Have regular intercourse - minimum twice a week, but more often if you like
2. Maintain and healthy weight through regular exercise
3. Try to limit caffeine to two cups a day or switch to decaf
4. Minimise alcohol intake
5. Stop smoking
6. Women should take folic acid when planning a pregnancy to reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida.
DR ZUSCHMANN’S TIPS FOR WHEN TO SEE A FERTILITY SPECIALIST:
- You are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive naturally for at least 12 months without success.
- You are over 35 and have been struggling to conceive naturally for six months.
- You have a history of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), known or suspected tubal blockage, irregular periods or recurrent miscarriages.
- Your partner has an abnormal semen analysis or has had a vasectomy.
IVF in Australia in 2012
- Over the last 32 years, there have been approximately 100,000 births through IVF.
- One-in-six couples will have difficulty achieving a pregnancy naturally.
- One-in-every-33 babies born this year – in other words, one child in every kindergarten class – will have been made possible through fertility treatment.
For more information on Fertility Specialist Dr Zuschmann get to www.andrewzuschmann.com